A Day in Colombia’s Capital, Bogota
Bogota is one of the largest cities in Latin America and with over 20 districts you could be forgiven with not knowing where to start your tour. Take in the panoramic vista of Bogota from Cerro de Montserrate to La Candelaria.
Enjoy a half day visit to the historic town center known as La Candelaria. This archaic suburb has great significance in the country´s history due to its cultural heritage and is also a great example of Spanish colonial time architecture. Visit the main square Plaza de Bolivar, where a statue of the great emancipator Simon Bolivar is located. From there you will see the Cathedral, built on the same spot where the first church was built in Bogotá in 1539, The Capilla del Sagrario, the Capitol, built between 1847 and 1926 as the first example of republican civil architecture and other buildings of historic importance.
The visit continues with the Botero Museum, a colonial house exhibiting some of Fernando Botero´s works of art and in addition pieces from his own personal collection that includes works by Picasso, Renoir, Dalí Matisse, Monet and Giacometti. Next is the Gold Museum which has a permanent exhibition of some 32,000 pieces of gold, 20,000 stones, ceramics and textiles all precious to the indigenous peoples. The Gold Museum is considered one of the most important museums of its type internationally and it has been operating since 1939.
Finish your visit in the Santuario de Monserrate, a symbol of Bogotá. Ride the cable car up to it, at 500 mts above Bogotá (total of 3140masl). The site offers a fantastic view of the city on one side and the Andes on the other.
DURATION: Approximately five hours.
NOTE: The Museo del Oro is closed on Mondays & the Museo Botero is closed on Tuesday.